Synonyms for love


Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : luhv
Phonetic Transcription : lʌv

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Définition of love

Origin :
  • Old English lufu "love, affection, friendliness," from Proto-Germanic *lubo (cf. Old High German liubi "joy," German Liebe "love;" Old Norse, Old Frisian, Dutch lof; German Lob "praise;" Old Saxon liof, Old Frisian liaf, Dutch lief, Old High German liob, German lieb, Gothic liufs "dear, beloved").
  • The Germanic words are from PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love" (cf. Latin lubet, later libet "pleases;" Sanskrit lubhyati "desires;" Old Church Slavonic l'ubu "dear, beloved;" Lithuanian liaupse "song of praise").
  • "Even now," she thought, "almost no one remembers Esteban and Pepita but myself. Camilla alone remembers her Uncle Pio and her son; this woman, her mother. But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning." [Thornton Wilder, "Bridge of San Luis Rey," 1927]
  • Meaning "a beloved person" is from early 13c. The sense "no score" (in tennis, etc.) is 1742, from the notion of "playing for love," i.e. "for nothing" (1670s). Phrase for love or money "for anything" is attested from 1580s. Love seat is from 1904. Love-letter is attested from mid-13c.; love-song from early 14c. To fall in love is attested from early 15c. To be in love with (someone) is from c.1500. To make love is from 1570s in the sense "pay amorous attention to;" as a euphemism for "have sex," it is attested from c.1950. Love life "one's collective amorous activities" is from 1919, originally a term in psychological jargon. Love affair is from 1590s. The phrase no love lost (between two people) is ambiguous and was used 17c. in reference to two who love each other well (c.1640) as well as two who have no love for each other (1620s).
  • noun adoration; very strong liking
  • noun person who is loved by another
  • verb adore, like very much
  • verb have sexual relations
Example sentences :
  • I believe he has given the Athenians philtres to make them love him.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • Though younger than myself, she reciprocated the love she had inspired.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • I fly to seek a kindlier sphere, Since thou hast ceased to love me here.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • It had the pure and placid expression of the human soul, when it dwells in love and peace.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • This so excited the admiration of Speusippus, that a love of philosophy was kindled within him.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • For young Bines, after dinner, fell in love with Miss Milbrey all over again.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • "A man has to work here a few years to love it," said Uncle Peter, shortly.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • He resolved at once to seek her and give his love freedom to tell itself.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • In spite of her calculations, in spite of her love of money, he could make her feel her weakness.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • I shall take you against your will—but I shall make you love me—in the end.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson

Antonyms for love

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